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Disruptive Innovations in European Logistics Industry, Forecast to 2025

  • Report

  • 145 Pages
  • November 2018
  • Region: Europe
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • ID: 4702420

Analysis of Trade, Infrastructure, Digital Technologies, and Regulatory Trends and their Implications for Transformational Growth Strategies

The economic environment remains strong due to increasing domestic demand, favorable employment conditions, and high consumer confidence levels. Growth momentum is expected to be sustained in 2018, with the regional economy expected to grow by 2.1% in 2018. However, trade tensions, the increase in energy prices, and uncertain policy environment is expected to have a negative impact on business confidence. Increased supply chain networking, transshipment, expedited trade negotiations, and improving connectivity with Central Asia and East Asia Eurasia land bridge as part of ‘One Belt, One Road program’ with regional transportation infrastructure initiatives are expected to enhance the efficiency of freight transportation in the region.

The road freight transportation segment is the major contributor to the region’s logistics industry, considering the total freight movement of goods compared to other modes of transportation. This segment is largely fragmented, with the regional service providers holding 15% of the market while the remaining 85% of this segment is controlled by medium- and small-sized service providers. eCommerce has emerged as a major driver of growth for both storage and warehousing segment and courier express and parcel segment. Europe contributed about 15% of global GDP and 20% of world trade in 2017. With key trade partners being located in North America, East, and Southeast Asia and Africa, sea-borne trade is a major transportation mode in the region. The share of air and land transportation is expected to increase due to growth in hi-technology, pharmaceuticals, and eCommerce demand

The European logistics industry is considered to be an early adopter of technologies and innovations. With regard to the logistics industry, productivity, process efficiency, and speed of delivery, and last-mile delivery costs have been the crucial factors that influenced the growth and profit margins. With the emergence of the digital environment, traditional service offerings are increasingly being replaced with innovative logistics solutions driven by digital technologies. Digitalization of core business operations with technologies is expected to facilitate the logistics service providers to transform their business by adopting innovative business models. This study analyzes key trends and their implications relating to Industry 4.0, emission regulations, cross-border trade, infrastructure modernization, and industry digitalization and their implications for the logistics and supply chain service providers. Specific digital technologies covered include augmented reality, autonomous transportation, the blockchain, cloud digital platform, data analytics, drones technologies, Internet of things (IoT) robotic systems, and 3D printing. This research identifies the potentially disruptive impact of the technologies on logistics segments such as freight transportation, logistics, warehousing, supply chain, and last-mile delivery solutions in the European region till 2025.

Research Scope

Process efficiency and speed of delivery have always been the crucial factors for logistics service providers. With the emergence of the digital environment, optimal and innovative logistics solutions are being offered by service providers; this leads to significant improvement in efficiency and productivity. This study analyzes the disruptive trends such as Industry 4.0, emission regulations, cross-border trade, infrastructure modernization, and industry digitalization and their implications for freight transportation, logistics, warehousing, supply chain, and last-mile delivery solutions in Europe.

Key Issues Addressed

  • What are the major macroeconomic trends altering the European logistics industry landscape?
  • What are the key disruptive trends that are likely to shape the future of European logistics industry segments?
  • What are the major digital technologies that are likely to transform freight transportation, warehousing, logistics, and supply chain solutions?
  • What are the emerging business model-driven disrupting digital technologies that are expected to open up new business opportunities for the service providers?
  • What options available for the development of digitalization strategy? What is the expected adoption rate of digital technologies?

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
  • Key Insights-European Logistics Industry
  • Executive Summary-Impact on European Logistics Industry Participants
  • Executive Summary-Focused Investment Strategy
  • Executive Summary-Digital Proliferation
  • Executive Summary-Interface Standardization
  • Executive Summary-Digital Technology Timeline
  • Executive Summary-Technology Adoption Approach
  • Executive Summary-Transformation Strategy

2. Research Scope and Methodology
  • Research Background
  • Research Scope
  • Research Aim and Objectives
  • Key Questions this Study will Answer
  • Related Studies
  • Research Methodology

3. European Economy and Logistics Industry-An Overview
  • European Economy at a Glance
  • EU28 Trade-Import and Export
  • European Free Trade Agreements
  • European Logistics Industry
  • Europe Standings in Supply Chain Visibility

4. Trends and Developments Shaping European Logistics Industry
  • Trends and Developments shaping European Logistics Industry

5. Industry 4.0
  • Industry 4.0-Extending the Value Chain
  • Industry 4.0-Integration of Smart Products and Services
  • Industry 4.0-Building the Future Enterprises
  • Industry 4.0-Logistics Industry Transformation

6. European Emission Regulations
  • Europe GHG Emissions-An Overview
  • European HDV Emission Regulation Standards

7. European eCommerce Delivery Paradigm
  • European eCommerce Industry-An Overview
  • Europe-Last-mile Delivery Paradigm in eCommerce Industry
  • eCommerce Supply Chain with Technologies
  • Future Delivery Models and Cross-border eCommerce
  • Global Cross-border eCommerce

8. Cross-border Developments-OBOR
  • OBOR-6 Economic Corridors
  • NELB Economic Corridor
  • Europe-Major Rail Operators in NELB Economic Corridor
  • Cross-border eCommerce Logistics in NELB Corridor

9. Industry Digitalization
  • EU Digital Single Market Initiative
  • EU Initiatives for Digitalization
  • Index-European Logistics Industry Digitalization

10. Infrastructure Modernization
  • Single European Transport-An Integrated Mobility
  • Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T)

  • BREXIT-Hard Border for Cross-border Enforcement
  • UK-A Single Sensitive Market Against EU Single Market

12. Digital Technologies Disrupting European Logistics Industry
  • Disruptive Innovations

13. Blockchain Technology
  • Blockchain History
  • Concepts of Blockchain Technology and Platform Types
  • Features of Blockchain Technology
  • Blockchain-Method of Operation
  • Blockchain-Smart Contract Process in Logistics
  • Blockchain-Reinventing Logistics Value Chain
  • Blockchain-Europe Factsheet
  • Blockchain-Perception with European Logistics Industry Participants
  • Blockchain-Impact on European Logistics Industry
  • Case Study (1/2)-TradeLens: Maersk and IBM for Blockchain Shipping Solution
  • Case Study (2/2)-Other Trial Projects in Logistics Industry

14. Internet of Things (IoT)
  • IoT-More of a Connected Things
  • IoT-Global Spend Outlook
  • IoT-Opportunities by Industry and Application (Europe)
  • IoT in Logistics Industry-Future for Autonomous Intelligence
  • Industry Challenges-Reasons for Sluggish Adoption Rate
  • Case Study-Real-time Container Monitoring

15. Augmented Reality
  • AR-How it Is Experienced?
  • Wearable Technology-Global Market Outlook
  • AR-Presents Another Look for Logistics Operations
  • AR-Enhanced Value Addition
  • Warehouse Operations-Factors to Consider
  • Case Study-AR in Logistics

16. Data Analytics
  • Data Analytics-Technology Value Chain
  • Data Analytics Global Market Outlook
  • Data Analytics in Logistics-The Next Frontier
  • Data Analytics-Benefits and Challenges for Logistics Industry
  • Case Study-Uncapping the Potential for Optimization

17. Robotics
  • Robotics in the Logistics Industry
  • Robotics Global Market Outlook-Logistics
  • Robotics-Scaling the Need for Automation
  • Robotics-Factors to Consider on Deployment
  • Case Study-Robots as Colleagues

18. 3D Printing
  • 3D Printing-Decentralized Production Strategy
  • 3D Printing Global Market Outlook
  • 3D Printing-Gearing for Virtual Warehouses
  • Case Study-3D Printing Technology

19. Autonomous Transportation-Commercial Vehicles
  • Autonomous Transportation-Commercial Vehicles
  • Autonomous Vehicles-Technology Development
  • Global Autonomous Heavy-duty Truck Adoption Forecast
  • Scope for Truck Platooning
  • Truck Platooning-Europe Market Outlook
  • Autonomous Vehicles-For Logistics Industry
  • Case Study-OEMs Would Hold the Power

20. Drone Technology
  • Drone Technology
  • Commercial Drones-Market Outlook
  • eCommerce Delivery Drones-UK Cost of Delivery
  • EU Commission U-Space Initiative for Drone Airspace
  • Drones-For European Logistics Industry and Factors to Consider
  • Case Study-Drones in Distribution
  • Index on EU Drone Regulations

21. Implications for European Logistics Industry Participants
  • Future of Digital Technologies with European Logistics Industry
  • The stature of European Freight Forwarders
  • Digitalization Adoption Route for European Logistics Industry

22. Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
  • Growth Opportunity-Logistics Services
  • Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth

23. The Last Word
  • The Last Word-3 Big Predictions
  • Legal Disclaimer

24. Appendix
  • Market Engineering Methodology
  • Table of Acronyms Used
  • EU28 Countries
  • Annual Average Exchange Rates
  • List of Exhibits

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • IBM
  • Maersk